"With the advent of legislation against pollution, and rising wage, manufacturing, and materials costs, the prime mover industry is presently intent on developing new economical, non-polluting methods of power. It was the hope of the author that the engine described herein would provide an advancement towards meeting the new requirements. The design and resulting prototype is an eight cylinder rotary internal combustion engine, weighing approximately sixty pounds, and operating on the tour stroke principle. Theoretical calculations were made to determine ideal horsepower, mean effective pressure, and efficiency. Ideal horsepower ranged from 38.7 to 62.8. A dynamic analysis of the pistons indicates that, neglecting external loads and friction forces, they caused no net work on the system. Initial testing of the prototype with combustion occurring indicated conceptual feasibility and good cycle characteristics, although poor sealing caused the compression ratio to be too low for sustained operation. With proper seals, the engine's performance should approach the calculated values"--Abstract, page ii.
Selberg, B. P.
Rocke, R. D. (Richard Dale), 1938-
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla
viii, 81 pages
© 1972 Frank Darrell Statkus, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Rotary combustion engines -- Design
Rotary combustion engines -- Testing
Internal combustion engines -- Design
Internal combustion engines -- Testing
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Statkus, Frank Darrell, "Design and preliminary testing of a rotary internal combustion engine" (1972). Masters Theses. 5077.